Reach registrations near 17,000, ECHA closes web forms

30 November 2010 12:28  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Close to 17,000 Reach registrations had been made successfully by 29 November, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) data showed on Tuesday.

The ECHA said that it had closed certain web forms at 12:00 GMT to help ensure that companies are able to register by the 24:00 GMT deadline.

There are believed to be more than 22,000 registration dossiers in the pipeline and to be processed before the 30 November deadline for the registration of all high tonnage chemicals sold in the EU and for toxic or persistent substances of very high concern (SVHC).

The chemicals agency expects 25,000 registrations of some 3,000 substances in this phase of Reach. It will release registration statistics at 11:00 GMT on 1 December.

Companies including BASF, Bayer, Rhodia and Arkema say they have already completed their current phase Reach registrations. Russian baseoils supplier Lukoil said it had completed its Reach registrations on 18 November.

Companies will want to assure customers that they are fully Reach compliant. If they have not registered relevant chemicals with the ECHA by the deadline they will be unable to produce or market them in the EU until they have done so. It will remain legal, however, to supply customers from stock.

BASF has registered 600 substances in this phase but expects to register 4,000 in total. The 100t registration deadline is 31 May 2013 and the deadline for registering substances sold in the EU in tonnages of more than 1t/year is 31 May 2018. BASF has said that its total cost of Reach compliance is expected to be between €500m ($658m) and €550m.

The registration, evaluation and authorisation (Reach) regulation for the control of chemicals sold in EU markets came into force on 1 June 2007. A timeline of Reach milestones is available here.

($1 = €0.76)

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By: Nigel Davis
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